Glyphosate discussed and opinions given on hexavalent chromium by ECHA's scientific committees
ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) have adopted 19 final opinions for recommending authorisation for the use of hexavalent chromium in aerospace and surface treatment industries. RAC also started to discuss the classification of glyphosate and will continue to do so in March 2017. RAC adopted 11 opinions on other harmonised classification and labelling proposals.
The next update of the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) will be in January 2017. While in previous years we have updated the list in December, a later update is necessary due to the timing of the Member State Committee (MSC) meeting. While the cases for identification as SVHCs will be concluded by the MSC in December, the legal obligations related to these substances will only apply from the date of their publication in the Candidate List.
Board of Appeal decides against a substance evaluation decision appeal for octocrilene
In Case A-013-2014, the Board of Appeal dismissed the Appellant’s claim that a substance evaluation decision should be annulled on the grounds that the decision should also have been addressed to a company that had registered the substance after the draft decision had already been sent to certain registrants for comments.
Are the substances critical to your business going to be registered? ECHA maintains a list of substances for which there is visible progress - the substance is already registered or, as a minimum, the lead registrant has started the work towards joint registration in REACH-IT. If you don't know whether your critical substances are registered (no registration number in the safety data sheet) or not, and can't find them on the list, contact your suppliers and ask about their registration intentions. The list is updated on a monthly basis.
New Biocides Transitional Guidance document published
ECHA has published a new Biocides Transitional Guidance document, concerning the methodology for evaluating efficacy tests for rodenticides, product type 14. This Transitional Guidance document will be incorporated into Volume II of the new Biocidal Products Regulation Guidance structure, early next year.